Clinical Practice 1 (GENC5004)


Students will develop an understanding of the range of expressions of grief and loss generated by the lived experience with a genetic condition or genetic testing results and evidence-based strategies for supporting clients underpinned by an evidence base. The counsellor-self will be examined and the ability to recognise and address transference and counter-transference issues will be developed. Team presentations will address the topics of theories of teamwork and conflict resolution, family systems, attachment and working with children to inform practice and working in multidisciplinary teams. Clinical experiences will expose students to the natural history and management of common genetic conditions, and to the relevant associated psychosocial issues, as well as provide opportunities to observe and further develop a range of genetic counselling skills consistent with the core practice-based competencies for this profession. During the clinical placement, students will be allocated a supervisor(s), observe and participate Genetic Counsellors in session, contribute to the everyday running of a service and will begin to consider the implications of their role in the future in terms of occupying a position in a multidisciplinary team and interfacing with clients.

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16 x 1.5h lectures/ tutorials/ reflective practice; 1 day intensive counselling skills and including audio-taped role play; team presentation session. SMS-Northern, Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards


Audiotaped consultation analysis (30%); team presentation (20%); clinical placement assessment for each placement (2 x 25%)


Geldard, D., and Geldard, K. (2012). Basic Personal Counselling - A training manual for counsellors (7th ed.). Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education. ISBN - 9781442502192 Veach PM, LeRoy BS & Bartels, DM (Eds) (2003) Facilitating the genetic counseling pro

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2 X 2 week full time clinic placement with a metropolitan or outreach genetic counselling service associated with NSW Health - cancer, prenatal/paediatric and adult units are offered.

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